Magen Avraham of Trisk and R’ Yissachar Dov from Belz

The Magen Avraham holds that the chulyos need to start full after each double knot, as opposed to completing the previous Chulya broken off.

In Belz, there was an argument between R’ Yissachar Dov from Belz and his son, the succeeding Belzer Rav, when they do the Chulyos, do they do it 3-3-1 and then 2-3-3 (the 2 completes the last chulya, or 3-3-1 then 3-3-2 since after each double knot a full Chulya should be produced. It looks very similar to Chabad/Radzyn tying but it’s different.

Info thanks to Yidy Fuxman of Knot the Tzitzit.


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Magen Avraham of Trisk


Rabbi Avraham Twerski of Trisk, author of the “Magen Avraham,” was born in 5566 (1806) to his father, Rabbi Mordechai of Chernobyl. His father loved him very much and would take him with him on his journeys. Hence, from an early age, he witnessed the rectifications (tikunim) that his father would prescribe (and sometimes perform) for Jews who sought his advice. Following his marriage to Rikel, daughter of Rabbi Yaakov Aryeh Leib Shapira of Kovla (Kovel, Ukraine), he settled in Trisk (Turiisk, Ukraine) and served as a maggid there.

After his father’s passing on 20 Iyar 5597 (1837) he succeeded him as the Chassidic Rebbe of Trisk. Tens of thousands of chasidim crowded to his court, among them some of the great chasidic Rebbes of Poland, who would travel to him along with their chasidim. In 5647 (1887), two years before his passing, Rabbi Abraham agreed to print his book, “Magen Avraham,” which includes his discourses on the Torah, written down by his chasidim. The book was first printed in Lublin and was soon regarded as a foundational book of chasidic thought in the Trisk-Chernobyl court and throughout the chasidic world.

Rabbi Avraham passed away on 2 Tamuz, 5649 (1889) and was laid to rest in Trisk. His son, Rabbi Mordechai, taught that 2 Tamuz is a great day for prayers. The numerical allusion brought in this context is that 2 times the value of “Tamuz” (תַּמּוּז) is 906 the value of (one of the parts of the Name of 42 letters) שקוצית, an acronym for “Accept our imploring and hear our cries, He who knows mysteries” (שַׁוְעָתֵנוּ קַבֵּל וּשְׁמָע צַעֲקָתֵנוּ יוֹדֵעַ תַּעֲלוּמוֹת).

R’ Yissachar Dov from Belz

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Yissachar Dov Rokeach (1854 – 29 October 1926) was the third Rebbe of the Belz Hasidic dynasty. He was the second son of Rabbi Yehoshua Rokeach (the second Rebbe of Belz), and served as the third Belzer Rebbe from his father’s death in 1894 until his own death in 1926.

Personal life

Yissachar Dov was born in the town of Belz, Galicia. His grandfather, Rabbi Sholom Rokeach, the founder of the Belz dynasty, named him after his own father-in-law, Rabbi Yissachar Dov Ramraz, the av beit din of Sokal.

Yissachar Dov married Basha Ruchama, the daughter of Rabbi Yeshaya Zushe Twersky of Chernobyl and granddaughter of Rabbi Aaron Twersky of Chernobyl. They had two children: Aharon Rokeach, who would assume the mantle of leadership of the Belz Hasidim after his father’s death, and Chana Rochel, who married Pinchos Twerski of Ustila.

After his first wife died, Yissachar Dov remarried Chaya Devora, daughter of Rabbi Avrohom Shmuel Pytshnik of Berezna. Together they had six children, including Mordechai Rokeach, who would later be known as Mordechai of Bilgoray and would accompany his half-brother Aharon as they, alone of all their family, escaped from Nazi-controlled Eastern Europe and arrived in Mandatory Palestine in February 1944.

Rabbinical career

Following his father’s death in 1894, Yissachar Dov acceded to the positions of Rav of the town of Belz and spiritual leader of the Belzer Hasidim. He also stood at the helm of the Machzikei Hadas movement set up by his father.

He was an acknowledged leader of Galician Jewry and was renowned as a miracle worker, attracting thousands who sought his blessing. He created the yoshvim program in Belz which encouraged married and unmarried men to spend all day learning Torah in local shtieblach. These scholars were supported by local businessmen.

Rabbi Yissachar Dov strongly opposed Zionism, which he saw as a threat to Jewish continuity.

World War I

During World War I, the Russian army invaded and destroyed the town of Belz, which was under Austrian control. Rabbi Yissachar Dov fled to Hungary with many of his Hasidim. After the war, he lived for approximately two years in Oleszyce, in the home of a chassid named Yisrael Vogel. He returned to Belz to re-establish his court on Tuesday, 2 Shevat 5684 (January 8, 1924), at which time the town was under Polish rule.

He died on Friday night, 29 October 1926 (22 Cheshvan 5687), and was buried next to his father in the Belz Jewish cemetery.

Rebbes of Belz

Rabbi Sholom Rokeach (1779–1855)
Rabbi Yehoshua Rokeach (1825–1894)
Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rokeach (1854–October, 1926)
Rabbi Aharon Rokeach (1880–1957)
Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rokeach (b. January, 1948)


A World That Was, Hamodia Magazine, 12 November 2009, p. 15.
Tel Talpiyot: Ha’ir Belz Ve’tifartah. Brooklyn, NY: Machon Shemen Rokeach. 2010. pp. 353–354.


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